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AFRICA WRESTLING PROUD PRESENTS HOUSE OF PAIN 16TH JUNE 2014
Why should you care? Well, the AWA House of Pain event is one of the largest wrestling shows in South Africa and its been aligned with Youth Day, so naturally that means giving back, and not just to our fans with a star-studded line-up and the best grappling in the land. Rather, we’ll be collaborating with our favourite charitable organisation, Reach for a Dream – the foundation committed to realising the dreams of young ailing South Africans. But primarily, there’s also the AWA’s usual brand of chaos to contend with.
TAG BOUT DEBUTS NEW BRAWLERS
The School of Hard Knocks has churned out two more up-and-comers, in the shape of The Prince and Falcon. They have teamed up with AWA stalwart, Miss Gorgeous, and will be facing the more seasoned alliance of Max the Body, El Marco and Little Hillbilly. Will experience outweigh exuberance? Or will the young pups overcome the complacent veterans?
SA CRUISERWEIGHT CHALLENGE
The gauntlet was recently thrown at the current Cruiserweight Champ, Johnny Palazzio’s feet by the man on an enviable winning streak, Mr Money. The Kwazulu Natal local has had a tremendous run of successes overcoming some exceptionally skilled fighters in the process. Will his luck have any effect on the Italian’s more maverick approach to wrestling or will Palazzio prevail once again.
NUMBER ONE CONTENDER
The quest for Cruiserweight gold doesn’t stop with these two. Vinnie Vegas will be facing Ed Electric for the esteemed honour of being next in line to contend for the title. These are two established AWA mat masters, well-rounded and hungry for a win. Vinnie arguably wants it more having just lost the title to Palazzio but you can’t count either one out till the bell tolls.
BIG MYSTERY MATCH-UP
In a fit of overconfidence the Missing Link, all new Africa Heavyweight Champion, has put out an open challenge to anyone and everyone at the AWA. His opponent has been chosen but will only be announced on the night of the bout so don’t miss the reveal. The only question now is will the Link be missing his shiny new belt at the end of the night.
A FITTING FINALE, THE CARS INCORPORATED BATTLE ROYALE
It’s our biggest bout of the night and one of the largest Battle Royales that the AWA has had the privilege of hosting in recent years. A whopping 23 wrestlers will enter the ring with only the last man standing to win the Cars Incorporated Battle Royale trophy as well as the Golden Ticket that allows them to challenge anyone for any title in any sort of match.
REACH OUT WITH US
The AWA has put together a raffle to raise money on the night for the kids of Reach for a dream foundation, one of the main charitable organisations we’ve aligned with. Please help us contribute to this noble cause.
TICKETS: R80 Ringside, R40 Unreserved | GENERAL ENQUIRIES: 082 456-0792
THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS IS NOW ACCEPTING ADMISSIONS
The AWA training centre has thrown open its doors to all over the age of 16 years old. ‘We don’t discriminate, we take anyone and everyone in,’ says Shaun Koen, founder of the Africa Wrestling Alliance. It’s true. The organization welcomes both boys and girls, men and women, any colour or religion. ‘The benefits of our style of training are numerous; you don’t need to aspire to be one of our athletes in order to train.’
With its boot-camp style of fitness, members of the AWA Training School receive excellent cardiovascular training in combination with learning the basics of grappling, which is a form of self defense. Wrestling is also a great team sport, so serves as a nurturing environment high in camaraderie and teamwork. ‘It’s like being part of a new family,’ adds Shaun. Sure, if a somewhat overactive one. In truth, despite the high-impact, no holds-barred aesthetic, the reality about wrestling training is that it’s really just good clean fun.
Something for the ladies – The AWA recently opened up an exclusive ‘Diva’ division, targeting like-minded women who would like to cultivate their skills in the ring. Again, levels of aspiration are dependent on the athlete and what goals they have in the realm of wrestling.
Toughening up – Are you an ex-rugby player, gymnast or body builder? Maybe your sporting career has been more intense? Looking to try something new? Maybe take your body to a new limit or your fitness in a new direction. Do you think you have what it takes to be a fully-fledged wrestler?
No experience needed. We can train from a grassroots level all the way to professional if you are committed to the journey.
If you would like to join the AWA School of Hard Knocks training camp, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 456 0792 (office hours) and we’ll set you down the path to wrestling glory and physical fitness.
Future champions? Get started on your road to wrestling glory right here, at the Goodwood Amateur Wrestling Club, Goodwood Civic Centre. Every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6pm till 8pm, young hopefuls from 5 years old and upwards will be able to learn the basics of amateur wrestling. For years now, the Goodwood school has been training little athletes from a grassroots level into fully fledged wrestling talents adept at handling themselves on the mat. From here they’ll be able to upgrade to the AWA School of Hard Knocks if they want to follow in the steps of their AWA heroes. Remember, like in any good sport, a strong foundation is essential to becoming a professional so don’t miss out on this fundamental step.
If you’re interested contact Simon Abrahams at 084 246 2464
Young David Finlay, son of Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay made his debut in Germany in 2012. He is a three time Georgia State qualifying amateur wrestler, and himself a fourth generation professional wrestler. Young Finlay found himself in Cape Town doing missionary work during his gap year, when his father, ‘Fit’ Finlay quick about locating the country’s finest wrestling organisation and getting his son involved. You might know of Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay’s other successes such as his current position as producer of WWE. He is also a trainer and of course acclaimed professional wrestler with longstanding careers in WCW and WWE. And so it was his call to the AWA that led to David’s enrolment at the School of Hard Knocks. After four months of hard graft, David has graduated to AWA’s competition level, and will be forced to prove his mettle in an elimination style fight against three of the organisation’s hardest hitters. Enter Max ‘The Body’, Johnny Palazzio and the title-holder, Vinnie Vegas. Finlay leaves South Africa two days after the House of Pain. Will he be leaving with the SA Cruiserweight Title around his waist?
Tickets are available at the door. UNRESERVED: R40 RESERVED: R80
All bookings and enquiries, contact Shaun at 082 456-0792